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Rigoletto 1930Carl Rosa Opera Company

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The Edinburgh Review

The Scotsman (16 April) stated:

"Last night's performance, which was directed by Arthur Hammond, had the characteristic Carl Rosa crispness and precision. Mr Hubert Dunkerley, as the Jester, gave a remarkably impressive rendering of the character, alike as as actor and singer.  The Duke and Gilda were two young newcomers, Mr Ivor John, a tenor of very decided promise, and Miss Mabel Baker, a charming soprano, the ease of whose work, considering the little experience which she has had so far, argues a great talent for opera...the opera was handsomely put upon the stage.  As on the previous evening, there was occasion for admiring the lighting, which is always more than half the battle in scenic work. The colour in the last act was very rich and harmonious".


The 1930 Carl Rosa tour

The 1930 season in Scotland consisted of three weeks in Glasgow at the Theatre Royal followed by one in Edinburgh at the Lyceum. the performances were as follows:-

Glasgow, w/c 24 March: Mon 24 Trovatore; Tue 25 Cav & Pag; Wed 26 Flying Dutchman; Thu 27 Hansel and Gretel; Fri 28 Messalina; Sat 29 mat Butterfly:  Sat 29 eve Faust.

Glasgow, w/c 31 March: Mon 31 Flying Dutchman; Tue 01 Apr Carmen; Wed 02 Rhinegold; Thu 03 Tales of Hoffmann; Fri 04 Bohême; Sat 05 mat Hansel and Gretel; Sat 05 eve Maritana.

Glasgow, w/c 7 April: Mon 7 Tannhäuser; Tue 8 Butterfly; Wed 9 Siegfried; Thu 10 Cav & Pag; Fri 11 Rigoletto; Sat 12 mat Flying Dutchman; Sat 12 eve Carmen.

Edinburgh, 14 April: Mon 14 Butterfly; Tue 15 Rigoletto; Wed 16 Carmen; Thu 17 Faust; Fri 18 Flying Dutchman; Sat 19 mat Hansel and Gretel; Sat 19 eve Trovatore.

Performance Cast

Duke of Mantua

Ivor John (Apr 15)

Rigoletto a jester

Hubert Dunkerley (Apr15)

Sparafucile a professional assassin

Harry Metcalfe (Apr 15)

Gilda Rigoletto's daughter

Mabel Baker (Apr 15)

Maddalena sister of Sparafucile

Irene Dobbyn (Apr 15)

Production Cast


Arthur Hammond (Apr 15)

Performance DatesRigoletto 1930

Map List

Theatre Royal, Glasgow | Glasgow

11 Apr, 19.15

Royal Lyceum Theatre | Edinburgh

15 Apr, 19.30

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